Events — 17 August 2012
Acclaimed Harpist at Les Gemmes Event Saturday

NASHVILLE, TN — It’s only a few more days before one of summer’s most anticipated event — Summer’s Last Fling. The upcoming August 18th event (3 – 7pm) will take place at 635 West Nocturne Drive. It will be an evening of fine cuisine, art and jazz, to say bon voyage to those sizzling hot temperatures of summer 2012.

The event will not only be an event of fun-filled elegance, but it’s also a fundraiser for Lighting the Path for Girls a signature program for Les Gemmes. “A Culinary Taste of Nashville” will feature cuisine from some of the city’s top caterers.

To further speak of sizzling, the atmosphere for this event will sizzle to the melodious jazz sounds from special pop/jazz musician Melvin “Maestro” Lightford, along with Lavestia Gaston Miller, former backup singer for Al Green flying in from Memphis and Nashville’s popular featured jazz artist Attorney Jonathan Richardson. Guest will view the artwork of award-winning artists Michael McBride, James Threalkill and Michael Mucker for purchase/ auction; flying in from Atlanta will be Stacey Diltz, a Wine Educator and President of Staceywines.com, hosting in an elegant setting with best-selling author Alice Randall.

Another VIP attending the event is internationally acclaimed master harpist and jazz/ gospel producer Jeff Majors (www.jeffmajors.com). The melodious harp music of this Washington, D.C. native reaches over 40 million viewers through his hit show “The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors,” one of the flagship programs on the TV One Network.

Jeff’s mom, Annie P. Fitzgerald, was a talented jazz trumpeter in her own right, with a circle of friends which included legendary actress and singer Pearl Bailey. Even though the harp makes beautiful angelic music, it’s not exactly a popular among African-Americans. And that was certainly the case in Jeff Majors’ life when he was a youngster.

“When I was a kid I was mostly interested in playing basketball,” recalls Jeff with a laugh. But one night all of that changed when 15-year-old Jeff had a dream one night, in which he saw himself playing the harp; an instrument he had never played before. “Back then I was studying music but I had never even seen a harp instrument until the night I had that dream…Even though I was introduced to music at an early age, I looked at music as something that my mom did back then.“

Inspired, he used the dream to fuel his passion for music and literally change the course of his life. With the harp hand-made for him by a local music store owner, Jeff began to pursue mastery of the instrument. He spent the next several years in Los Angeles studying under the wings of jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of jazz legend John Coltrane. He later teamed up with legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby. Jeff says it was the influences of his mom, Mrs. Coltrane and Mrs. Ashby, that really inspired and helps shape his career as an internationally acclaimed harpist. But Jeff’s career isn’t just about performing in front of the rich and famous. He does an annual series of national concerts, the Jeff Majors Blankets for the Homeless” and most recently the “Hip Hop for the Homeless” concert. Through these concerts he has collaborated with some of today’s emerging artists and youth in the inner cities to bring awareness and help to the homeless communities around the country. These concerts provide clothing, blankets and other basic necessary items for surviving for homeless individuals.

Today Jeff says he still often thinks about the “harp dream” that’s been such an integral part of his life. “I feel the dream was a road map to show me things that were to come in my adult life,” says Jeff. “And to this day I am still walking in that dream.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lastsummerfling-efbevent.eventbrite.com or at the Tennessee Tribune Office, 1501 Jefferson St., phone 615-321-3268

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